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12 meet records established at Milo Western Relays

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CATHERINE HALL, St James — Eight world-leading performances were recorded at Saturday's 40th Milo Western Relays as 12 meet records were broken which organisers described as “satisfying”.

Oshane Bailey and Natasha Morrison in the men's and women's 100m and long jumper Joseph Ramie had world best performances, while Rhonda Whyte, who broke the meet record for a second time and won for a fourth-straight time, had the third best mark in the 400m hurdle. Marzel Miller's time in the men's 400m hurdles is the fourth best so far.

The Elaine Thompson-led MVP women's 4x100m relay team that ran 43.43 seconds assumed the top spot on the IAAF performance charts, while UTech men's 39.43 seconds established the world-leading mark in the 4x100m, MVP TC ran a meet record 1:23.25 minutes in the 4x200m; G C Foster ran 3:10.41 minutes in the 4x400m, while Sprintech ran 1:33.71 minutes in the women's 4x200m.

Kingston College (KC), meanwhile, flexed their muscles with eight relay wins while Edwin Allen girls won five relays.

Meet director Ray Harvey was a satisfied man as the final race went off just after 6:00 pm, the cut-off time set by the security forces in view of the State of Public Emergency enforced in parts of the parish.

“With all that we had to deal with this year, this is one of the most satisfying Western Relays we have ever had,” Harvey said. “This is a worldclass performance by our officials as we managed to get over nine hours of performance in just about eight hours; this is impressive.”

Bailey, the 2010 national 100m champion, won the 100m in 10.23 seconds, his second win in the event in three years, equalling the world best time held by three Australians — Jack Hale, Trae Williams and Rohan Browning.

Morrison, a World Championships representative, broke the meet record when she ran 11.39 seconds, beating the 11.49 seconds set in 2016 by Sheniqua Ferguson.

The time is faster than the 11.52 seconds set by Australian Riley Day set in late January.

Ramie of MVP TC won the long jump with 7.99m, just under the meet record 8.00m set last year by Tajay Gayle, who was second on Saturday. The distance leads the 7.91m set by Australian Christopher Mitrevski.

Whyte, who has dominated here, won the intermediate hurdles for the fourth straight time and lowered her own record with a new mark of 57.01 seconds, faster than the 58.21 seconds that she set two years ago.

Australian Lauren Wells is the world leader with 55.78 seconds with her compatriot Daniella Roman second with 56.94 seconds.

Miller broke Andre Clarke's men's 400m hurdles record of 51.24 seconds set two years ago when he ran 50.93 seconds, fourth best in the world and best by a Jamaican man so far.

Jowayne Hibbert of Pelicans TC was second with 52.29 seconds and Demar Murray of G C Foster was third with 52.30 seconds, both under the old mark.

On the track, KC swept the high school boys 4x100m relay for the first time since 2014 and added the Class One 4x200m, 4x400m and 4x800m, while Rusea's High took the Class Two 4x200m for the first time.

Edwin Allen High won two of the 4x100m races, taking classes two and three, the 4x200m Open and the Sprint Medley Open. Hydel High won the Class Four 4x100m and the 4x400m Open, while Holmwood Technical won the Class One 4x100m and the 4x800m.